Timothy Twardowski

Timothy C. Twardowski

Counsel

Timothy C. Twardowski

Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    Timothy Twardowski focuses his practice on land use policy, development permitting, and real estate. He is a member of the firm's Land Use and Real Estate + Development Groups.

    Development Permitting

    Mr. Twardowski regularly assists property owners and developers in analyzing and obtaining requisite land use and development approvals from local governments. He has appeared in front of local Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal throughout eastern Massachusetts and in Rhode Island.

    Mr. Twardowski represents a national wireless communications provider in permitting matters, and he has assisted the client in securing approvals for the installation or modification of wireless telecommunications facilities in dozens of Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities.

    Land Use Policy and Legislation

    Mr. Twardowski advises a national real estate trade association on state and local land use and real estate-related initiatives and trends across the country. He has prepared analyses of more than 200 state and local legislative proposals nationwide, including land use development codes, impact fees, inclusionary housing, eminent domain, and short-term rental restrictions.

    Mr. Twardowski has also prepared industry-sponsored legislation on real estate issues, including private transfer fees, eminent domain, homeowner associations, adequate water supply, and tenant opportunity to purchase property. He was part of a team that prepared real estate industry sponsored bills to amend the Massachusetts Zoning Act.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Twardowski was the assistant city attorney for Park City, Utah, where he regularly advised the city's Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Board, and Community Development Department.

    Mr. Twardowski is active in the community. He has served on the Town of Franklin Master Plan Committee and Public Land Use Committee, and he is currently a member of the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals. He has helped lead firm efforts to assist Greater Boston Legal Services, which provides free legal services in civil matters to needy residents.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represents a national wireless communications provider in permitting matters and has successfully assisted the client in securing the requisite approvals for the installation or modification of wireless telecommunications facilities in dozens of Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. 

      • Advised the Town of West Warwick, Rhode Island in establishing a redevelopment agency, designating a redevelopment area, and developing a redevelopment plan.

      • Assisted property owner in obtaining zoning and environmental permits for the renovation of an historic oceanfront property in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

      • Represented property owner in obtaining a special permit for the alteration and restoration of a nonconforming single-family home in the Beverly Farms neighborhood in Beverly, Massachusetts.

      • Successfully represented property owner in application for special permits to alter a nonconforming structure and to convert an existing single-family dwelling to a two-family dwelling in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
      • Represented the manufacturer of aggregate-based construction materials in the United States and United Kingdom, in drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreement and all other sale documentation for 74,000 square feet of property in Worcester, Massachusetts, to CSX Transportation, Inc. Concurrently with that negotiation, handled client’s defense and all responses to eminent domain proceedings initiated by CSX through Department of Public Utilities to ensure that property acquisitions for new depot facility in Worcester would occur in a timely manner. Also represented property owner with drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreement and all other sale documentation for 50,000 square feet of land in Saugus, Massachusetts, to Melrose Storage Facility. In addition, handled defense of zoning enforcement action for temporary storage uses during pendency of sale.

      • Obtained all approvals on behalf of client, a subdivision developer, and successfully defended approved subdivision before Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and before Land Court, in an abutter appeal on title issues concerning implied easement for subdivision access road.

      • Assists with representation of the National Association of Realtors® as national land use development/real estate consultant in preparation of analyses of proposed state and local land use and real estate-related legislation and regulations affecting the real estate industry. Assists with preparation of client-sponsored state legislation on real estate-related issues, such as private transfer fees, eminent domain, and historic preservation, leading to the adoption of legislation in more than 30 states.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Massachusetts Bar Association
      Real Estate Law Section Council (2010 - Present)

      Boston Bar Association

      Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
      Legislation Committee

      Rhode Island Bar Association
      Rhode Island Bar Journal, Editorial Board (2010 - 2013)
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Town of Franklin, Public Land Use Committee
      Chair (2009 - 2013)

      Town of Franklin, Zoning Board of Appeals
      Member
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings," published in A Practical Guide to Land Use Law in Rhode Island (June 2017)
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      "Energy Benchmarking Ordinances: Coping with the New Mandate on Retail Owners and Tenants," published in Retail Law Strategist, co-authored with Brian W. Blaesser (Spring 2015)
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      "Chapter 40B cases address the regional need for affordable housing standard," published in Massachusetts Lawyers Journal (March 2013)

      "Trusts," coauthor, 2008 supplement, published in MCLE Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts

      "The Evolving Landscape of Easement Relocation after M.P.M. Builders," co-authored with E. Christopher Kehoe (vol. 9, no. 2, 2007)

      "Building an Addition onto Your House? Know about 'Variances'," published in Exhibit A, co-authored with E. Christopher Kehoe (5/2007)

      "Retail Space for Lease? Chain Stores Need Not Apply" (Parts 1 & 2) coauthored with Brian W. Blaesser (12/2006 & 1/2007) published in Retail Law Strategist

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Lynnfield Proposes New Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb," guest speaker on WBUR radio program, hosted by Deborah Becker (10/3/2016)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 23, 2017

        Two Robinson+Cole Lawyers Contribute to Rhode Island Land Use Book

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      • October 14, 2016

        Tim Twardowski Speaks on Boston's NPR Station

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      • April 10, 2015

        Real Estate and Development Lawyers Co-Author Article on Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

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      • May 10, 2013

        Tim Twardowski Pens Article for Massachusetts Lawyers Journal

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      • July 11, 2012

        Greater Boston Legal Services Honors Robinson & Cole Associates

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      • December 2, 2010

        National Association of Realtors® honors LandLaw Partner and Firm

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      • March 5, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Coauthor Chapter in Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Book

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      R+C News Releases

      • December 11, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Elects Four New Partners and Promotes Six Counsel

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